On Sunday 4th September 84 children came flooding through the doors to register for the auditions for Fagin’s Gang for our next production Oliver! 4-8th April 2017 at the 400 Hall, Repton.
Many of the AMTG members were there to help with the audition process, which took the place of three workshops – drama, singing and dancing – and our eager auditionees ranged from age 5 to 17. It was a long day, and every single young person attending gave their all from start to finish. You might think organising that number of hopefuls would be difficult, and even more difficult to keep them engaged in such a long process, particularly the younger ones. You couldn’t be more wrong! The energy, talent, eagerness and absolutely burning desire evident in every one of them won the hearts of all our helpers, and the day was so enjoyable, it didn’t seem we had been there for seven hours!
In true X-Factor style, the casting process began straight after the auditions had finished, and the Production Team had the unenviable task of selecting those children who would be called back to audition for the particular rôles of Oliver and the Artful Dodger. Also they had to select the successful children to be in Fagin’s Gang.
On Tuesday 6th September the Oliver and Artful Dodger hopefuls came again and auditioned for two more hours. They learnt a new dance routine, sang a new song, and did a further drama workshop. Again, we were blown away by the talent and eagerness displayed by every single one of the 14 callbacks – it was such a pleasure to see how determined they all were to do their very best.
At the end of Tuesday evening, the decisions were made – two Olivers and two Artful Dodgers were selected, and the announcements were made on 7th September to those successfully cast. We have – wait for it – a Fagin’s Gang of 37 children who will be supported each night by the Artful Dodger and Oliver, who will play alternate performances.
One of AMTG’s aims is to promote amateur dramatics for young people, and there are so many talented children out there – we are proud to be a part of the start of the journey for some of them – we are certain that many of our new Fagin’s Gang will be the stars of the future.
It is sad that we couldn’t cast all the hopefuls – they were all so good. It was a huge task making the decisions and we do hope those not successful this time will continue to audition in future.
Obviously we should thank the parents who trust us with their precious children – they are a credit to all of them, and we’re delighted to welcome them all into the AMTG family.
So the important dates for your diary!
Oliver! will be performed at the 400 Hall Repton from 4th to 8th April 2017, and you are invited to come along and join our wonderful Fagin’s Gang who will melt your hearts, as they have ours. Please visit our website at amtg.org.uk for ticket information and our online Box Office. You won’t see a better show!